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TW Ervin II

Ohio, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Icefall: A Dane Maddock Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    When the bones of the Magi are stolen from their resting place in a German cathedral, the whispered words of a dying priest catapult Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake into the midst of a deadly race to solve a centuries-old conspiracy. Danger lurks at every turn and no one knows where the clues will lead...or what they will uncover. From ancient cathedrals to hidden temples to icy mountain peaks, Dane and Bones must outrun and outwit their enemies in the thrilling adventure - Icefall.

    K. Allenby says: "A great mystery"
    "Fast-Paced Action Mixed with a Mystery"
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    Would you listen to Icefall again? Why?

    Yes. A fun story that kept my attention and maybe catch a few things I might've missed the first time through.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wanted to see where Dane and Bones would end up next.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Good pace with clear wording. Dialogue sounded like a conversation or discussion should.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction other than I enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Bones's sister (Angelica) added an additional dimension to the story. combined with Jade's participation added fun banter, and tension that allowed for a better mystery to be built up and resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carry Me Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sandra Kring
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A moving tale of the unshakable bond between two brothers set against a backdrop of family secrets, loyalty, and small town life. Earl "Earwig" Gunderman is sixteen-years-old when the world is thrust into war and his older brother Jimmy is shipped out to the Pacific theater. Being what they used to call simple-minded, Earwig must cope without the protection of his revered older brother as he strikes out towards independence and adulthood.

    Barbara says: "Fabulous story, excellent narration"
    "Memorable Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Carry Me Home in three words, what would they be?

    Memorable, Insightful, Straightforward


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carry Me Home?

    When Earwig finally unloads on Mrs. Pritchett.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    I think he got Earl (Earwig) Gunderman's voice just right. The inflections and cadence, was just right for dialogue, thoughts and observations.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, harkening back to the 1930s and 40s, the good times and the difficult, as seen through Earwig's eyes--from the War and the struggles of the soldiers returning, to friendships through good and bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5804)
    Performance
    (3743)
    Story
    (3778)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Reviting and Realistic After a Somewhat Slow Start"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper 30%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    There were many memorable moments, mainly deaths and revelations--or realizations how life had changed. To name them specifically would result in spoilers.


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Consistency of voice and character.


    Any additional comments?

    The contents and storyline is grim and rooted in realism. Worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is there a God Who Cares? Yes. Here's proof.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dinesh D'Souza
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    For a lot of people, the biggest question about God isn't, surprisingly enough, whether he exists. Instead, it's about whether God is truly good. Dinesh D'Souza, in his debates with leading atheists, quickly realized that many of his debates would revolve around the question of evil in this world and how God could create a world that allowed such suffering and evil. In Godforsaken, Dinesh D'Souza takes these questions head-on. Does God act like a tyrant? Is God really responsible for the evil in this world? Why is there suffering in the world?

    Michael G. Boyd says: "Excellent"
    "Makes You Think"
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    What other book might you compare Godforsaken to and why?

    Dinesh D'Souza's other books, What's So Great About Christianity and Life After Death: The Evidence.

    I would say this book rates in between in quality of content, with What's So Great About Christianity rating higher. Godforsaken, takes some of the information in What's So Great and a little from Life After Death, and expands upon it, while breaking new territory.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read, but it's not necessarily a book to listen to when you're driving in busy traffic, for example, as if you lose concentration in certain parts, you'll miss the point being made and the logic behind it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Failures: Caverns and Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Bevan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Sleep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

    Chris and Clara Brown says: "Fun if you enjoy tabletop RPGs"
    "Fun and Fast and just might make you Laugh"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Critical Failures again? Why?

    I probably will. I read the novel a few years ago, and downloaded the audiobook when I discovered it was available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cooper, of course. He is kind of the linchpin that the story revolves around, and the humor as well. It took me a short bit to get used to his voice, as it reminded me of the voice of Fat Albert in the 1970s cartoon.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next release in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James F. Calvert
    • Narrated By Kevin Patrick
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (129)

    In this riveting personal account, an authentic American hero relives the perils and triumphs of eight harrowing patrols aboard one of America's most successful World War II submarines. Courageous deeds and terror-filled moments - as well as the endless hard work of maintaining and operating a combat sub - are vividly recalled in Calvert's candid portrait.

    julie says: "A fascinating view of WW2 Sub Warfare"
    "Interesting Tales Matched with a Weaker Narration"
    Overall
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    Where does Silent Running rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a solid listen, especially for those interested in WW II naval warfare.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was competent and relayed events in a way that while not flashy, got the job done. The weakness came in the inconsistency of the recording. There were times where it sounded very 'spliced' with sound varying and the narrator's tone shifting. Sometimes for only for a sentence or two, and sometimes for a minute or two.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to the tales the author (James F Calvert) relayed based on his experiences aboard the USS Jack, and some of his experiences on shore, including the Tokyo visit near the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1762)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Just Plain Awesome"
    "Varied Quality"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they enjoy RPGs or D&D.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by An All-Star Cast?

    The problem for me was some of the narrators were very good and others not so good, making it a mixed bag.


    Was Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories worth the listening time?

    I listen to many of my audiobooks multiple times. This title isn't high on my list for a re-listen. I may pick out a few of the stories with the better narrators for selected short listens.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was okay. Weakness in the all star cast was a major drawback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rory Rammer, Space Marshal, Volume 1 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Ron N. Butler
    • Narrated By David Benedict, Jack Mayfield, Thomas E. Fuller, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Come away with us now to the far off future days of AD 1985, after men have landed on the moon! When Space Marshal Rory Rammer, and his sidekick, "Skip" Sagan, guard the rule of law and the rights of the innocent from the skies of Earth to the orbit of the moon!

    TW Ervin II says: "Echoes of Old Time Radio"
    "Echoes of Old Time Radio"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Rory Rammer, Space Marshal, Volume 1 (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    The character actors/voices. Added to the experience as compared to single narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There are five 10 to 15 minute episodes, so perfect for a short drive. They could've been listened to in one sitting just as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Better than campy, being old-school style radio drama with better than corny humor that made me smile--and a good dose of subtle humor which occurred regularly.

    The plots weren't predictable and were good fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origins of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere. Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck. However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell.

    stephen says: "A lot of fun!"
    "Great Story, Great Listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Origins of a D-List Supervillain the most enjoyable?

    I'd listened to (and read) the first novel (Confessions of a D-List Supervillain) and enjoyed how seamlessly Origins blended with the characters and storyline originally established.

    That said, it's just an engaging story, how Calvin Stringel became Mechani-Cal, how and why his life's direction soured and what he attempted to do to remedy it, and the results. It was fun and flowed and kept my interest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing heroes and villains that appeared in the first novel appear and play a part in Origins.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    Cal. He gets the tone and attitude just right.


    Any additional comments?

    You can start with Origins of a D-List Supervillain, or start with Confessions of a D-List Supervillain and really enjoy either and both.

    I'm very much looking forward to another novel in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By A.L. Butcher
    • Narrated By Michael Legate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Five short tales of fantasy and fantasy romance set in the dark world of Erana; the world of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Some are new and the others have been expanded and revised from the original versions.

    Convoke says: "Myths from a singular taleteller"
    "Background Stories for the World of Erana"
    Overall
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    Where does Tales of Erana rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the solid middle. That may be because romance elements are not my thing.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Liked: I think the narrator had good pacing and appropriate voice.
    Disliked: There were several instances where there were voice overlays, or a second or two where two voices were speaking. Also a few places where there were overly long pauses.


    Any additional comments?

    A cross between stories being told and mythical lessons, giving some of the history and background for the Land of Erana.

    I enjoyed the descriptions and language (word choice) used by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (245)

    Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.

    Ryan says: "Articulate but familiar brain-inspired AI pitch"
    "An interesting listen"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be interesting, but it was one that I had to pay close attention or I'd have to skip back, as the author builds upon his ideas discussed.

    Not a good book for listening to while multi-tasking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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